It takes just one accident for a fire to start in your home, but you are seven times more likely to die if your home is not fitted with working smoke alarms.

The Home Office has launched a new fire safety campaign to raise awareness of everyday fire risks and encourage all householders to test their smoke alarms regularly.

The “Fire Kills” campaign is particularly keen to reach vulnerable people, such as older people and the disabled, as research shows they are more at risk from accidental fires.

Some known fire risks include candles, electrical heaters and plugs, cigarettes and leaving cooking unattended on a hob with a tea towel catching fire.

Go to for useful advice and then take a walk round your home to spot any potential fire risks you may have. Look out for things that can start a fire in your home and keep them away from children.

Most fires start in the kitchen. Keep your family safe – never leave cooking unattended.

Your landlord is responsible for making sure that there are smoke alarms on every level of your home, but it’s up to you to test them regularly